Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Kid/s will explore cultural diversity by thinking about how colours make the world a more interesting place. In particular, they explore the differences between skin, hair and eye colours. You and your kid/s will then work together to create self-portraits to celebrate Harmony Week.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Ideal for: Early Learning, Lower Primary.


  • be creative
  • think and connect

Time required: 20 minutes.

Curriculum connections: Intercultural understanding, Critical and creative thinking.

Tips for Parents and Carers

When we talk about diversity, we are talking about understanding, respecting and accepting that each of us is unique. Even though we are all human, we may have differences in race, gender, age, religion, appearance, cultural background, disability, and sexual orientation. Recognising and celebrating these differences is key to creating a diverse and supportive environment in which children can thrive.

For young kids, the things that make us different can begin with those things that we can see, such as eye, hair and skin colour. Many of us might feel uncomfortable talking about skin colour. Still, there is nothing wrong with talking about the colour of skin, and you can approach it in the same way you might talk about hair and eye colour by taking a curious and respectful stance. Teaching kids not to talk about skin colour can be harmful as we are telling them that there is something ‘bad’ about this discussion, which may ultimately contribute to racism.

Kids will notice the differences between themselves and others, but their observations will likely be innocent as they describe and categorise what they see. Having conversations at a young age about differences in things, like skin colour and cultural background, is incredibly important in developing the foundations for having more sophisticated discussions about race and difference as they get older.

Celebrating events like Harmony Week is a great way to tune kids into the topic of diversity while cultivating a future where we are all treated equally.

This activity has been developed in partnership with Faber-Castell. Faber-Castell is celebrating cultural diversity with their World Colours range! Each set includes colours chosen to blend or match skin tones from across the world, fostering inclusivity and helping children represent their unique identities.

Lesson and Curriculum Details

EYLF Outcomes: Outcomes 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1

Curriculum codes:

ELC-focused lesson: Faber-Castell – World Colours – Early Learning

What You Will Need


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Teacher Worksheet

Activity Instructions

Part A: Exploring Diversity

Step 1. Begin by having a chat with your kid/s. Explain that they are going to be exploring a world of colour! When we look around our house or yard, we can see lots of different colours: in the furniture, plants, pictures on the wall, and in the people! We are all different and have different coloured hair, eyes and skin. These differences are known as diversity. Explain that Harmony Week is a week celebrated every year. During Harmony Week, we celebrate the diverse cultures that make up Australia: our First Nations peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and those who have arrived in Australia since European settlers arrived.

In this activity, your kid/s will be exploring diversity through colour.

The first thing they will be doing will be to imagine a world without colour. You could share the following image - also available here:

Invite your kid/s to share their thoughts about this picture, for example

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